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The GX49 from Nektar is 49-key USB MIDI keyboard controller featuring a pitch-bend wheel, modulation wheel, and footswitch socket. Two multi-colored octave buttons enable shifting the keyboard range by -3 or +4 octaves, with the LED colors showing exact status. Dedicated transpose buttons allow for shifting the keyboard range by +/- 12 semitones. The buttons can quickly be re-purposed to change the global MIDI channel, or send program messages. Additionally an assignable potentiometer provides control over any MIDI parameter, which by default controls mixer volume.
Eight buttons provide DAW control, and when combined with Nektar DAW Integration, extend functionality to include control over transport and a host of other important DAW functions. The buttons can also be assigned to MIDI messages for use with any MIDI software that's not supported by Nektar DAW Integration. A primary and a secondary message, accessed via the shift button, can be programmed for each of seven buttons, delivering a total of fourteen programmable options.
Each of the fourteen assignable MIDI buttons, the modulation wheel, footswitch, and the big control knob can be assigned to send out MIDI CC messages. The assignable buttons can additionally be configured to send out a program message or MMC transport control. Transport controls with the ability to go to and set locators, track navigation, volume control, launching windows and patch navigation are also available. Bitwig 8-Track software is included to provide a ready-to-create solution.
49 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys
Four keyboard-velocity curve settings and three fixed-velocity options
Pitch bend and modulation wheels
Two transpose buttons
Two octave-shift buttons
Nektar DAW Integration for many of the most commonly used DAWs
Eight buttons for DAW control – seven dual-function buttons and one shift button
Buttons can also be assigned to MIDI messages for use with any MIDI software that's not supported by Nektar DAW Integration
Seven transport buttons with secondary level (accessed via shift button) for fourteen MIDI controls
USB port for power and data connection to a computer
Sustain foot switch jack (pedal not included)
Included Bitwig 8-Track provides access to over fifty software instruments and effects for use on up to eight audio or MIDI project tracks, along with any 3rd-party VST plug-ins
In the Box
Nektar Technology GX49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
Octave up/down buttons with LED indicators Transpose up/down buttons with LED indicators (assignable to send Global MIDI Channel or Program) 7 x transport buttons with secondary level for 14 MIDI controls 1 x shift button Pitch bend wheel Modulation wheel (MIDI assignable) Potentiometer/control knob (MIDI assignable) Power on/off switch (back)
1/4" TS jack footswitch input (MIDI assignable) USB port on rear panel, and USB bus powered Connects to iPad via Apple Camera Connection Kit (not supplied)
USB bus power
USB Class compliant, no driver needed Apple iOS, Apple OSX, Windows XP, or higher, Linux (MIDI driver software required) For DAW Integration: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher Windows Vista, 7, and 8 or higher